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Tami Chynn
Birth name Tammar Anika Chin
Also known as Tami Chynn
Born 14 June 1984 (1984-06-14) (age 25)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae fusion, Dancehall, Pop, R&B, Reggae
Years active 2005–present
Labels Universal/SRC/Konvict Muzik
Website TamiChynn.com

Tami Chynn (born Tammar Anika Chin) is a singer, songwriter and dancer from Kingston, Jamaica.


Early years

Tami Chynn (born 14 June 1984)[1] was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her father, Richard Chin, is of Chinese descent with Cherokee ancestry and her mother, Christine Chin is Afro-Jamaican and British.[2]. Her parents were in a band called The Carnations[3] and her younger sister, Tessanne Chin[4], is also a reggae fusion singer and former member of the group 'Mile High'.

Tami grew up in the parish of St. Andrew and attended St. Peter and Paul Preparatory School. She later attended Campion College in St. Andrew, Jamaica. In 1998, at age 14, she moved to Leamington Spa, UK where she spent three years studying the performing arts and in 2001, at age 17, moved back to Jamaica where she worked on her music career and recorded her first single "Rock U"[5].

Tami Chynn married fellow reggae/dancehall artist Wayne Marshall in 2009.

Music career


2005-2007: Beginnings and Out of Many... One

Before pursuing music, she toured with fellow Jamaican artist Shaggy as a back up dancer on his Caught Red Handed Tour. In early 2005 she travelled to Los Angeles,California, USA to perform for Universal Motown Records and in May she was signed to the major label,at age 24, for a four album deal[6]. Before releasing her debut album in the US she appeared in recordings with international Reggae stars: Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Sean Paul on his album The Trinity for the track "All on Me".[7].

In March 2006 she was nominated for Best New Entertainer Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards but lost the award to reggae artist Matisyahu[8]. Leading up to the release of her debut album Out of Many...One she toured clubs around the US for promotion[8].

Later in 2006 she released her first US single "Hyperventilating" which became a hit on the internet that summer[9] but wasn't a mainstream success. During that summer she released her first album Out of Many...One which also failed to chart in the US[10] but managed to peak at #41 on the Japanese Oricon charts[11][12]. In 2007 her song "Over and Over Again" appeared on the compilations Biggest One Drop Anthems 2007 (released October 8, 2007 on the Greensleeves label)[13] and Strictly The Best Vol. 38 (released November 20, 2007 through VP Records)[14]

2008: New record label and Prima Donna

In 2008 Tami received notice by artist Akon who signed her up to his label Konvict Muzik and began production of her sophomore album Prima Donna[15]. Recording of the album began in January in Akon's Atlanta studios with Akon and RedOne executive producing the album[16]. The lead single for the album, "Frozen" (featuring Akon), was released in August, 2008[17]. In March she toured the UK and made an appearance on the BBC Radio show 1Xtra Live, on March 22, 2008 with Akon and performed Frozen[18].

In September 2008, she starred in a Pepsi commercial along side Verne Troyer, T-Pain and Shaggy[19] and made a cover of Kung Fu Fighting for the commercial which is based on Kung Fu[20]. During October, 2008 she opened for New Kids on the Block on their New Kids on the Block Tour along side Lady GaGa, Natasha Bedingfield and Colby O'Donis[21]. She also appeared in the video "I'm So Paid" by Akon[22]. After cutting ties with Universal, Prima Donna remains unreleased; however, Tami Chynn has stated she is currently at work on a third album that is to become a sophomore release.


Studio Albums


  1. ^ "Tami Chynn - Dancehall's Princess of Pop". ReggaeReport.com. 2008-03-31. http://www.reggaereport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=45. 
  2. ^ ReggaeReport.com - Tami Chynn
  3. ^ "Tami Chynn: The Princess of Eclectic Dancehall". Vibe.com. 2006-05-30. http://www.vibe.com/news/online_exclusives/2006/05/tami_chynn_the_princess_of_eclectic_dancehall/. 
  4. ^ "TessAnne Chin: Out of many One Voices, A big voice". jamaicans.com. 2007-06-25. http://www.jamaicans.com/music/interviews/TessAnneChininterview2007.shtml. 
  5. ^ Planet Urban. RnB News: Tami Chynn Prepares Universal Debut Planet Urban. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Jamaica Observer. Tami Chynn signs four-album deal with Universal Records Jamaica Observer. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "Tami Chynn - Out Of Many... One". MusicRemedy.com. 2008-04-17. http://www.musicremedy.com/t/Tami_Chynn/album/Out_Of_Many_One-2638.html. 
  8. ^ a b Vibe Magazine. Tami Chynn: The Princess of Eclectic Dancehall Vibe Magazine. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  9. ^ The Movement. New Artist: Tami Chynn The Movement. Accessed May 15, 2008.
  10. ^ DJBooth.net. Tami Chynn ft. Akon - Frozen DJBooth.net. Accessed May 15, 2008.
  11. ^ Oricon (Japanese Charts). Official Japanese Charts Oricon. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  12. ^ Jpopmusic. JpopMusic Forum JpopMusic Forum. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  13. ^ Greensleeves Records. [http://www.greensleeves.net/products/7364 Biggest One Drop Anthems 2007 ] Greensleeves Records. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  14. ^ CD Universe. [http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/7532796/a/Strictly+The+Best+Vol.+38.htm Strictly The Best Vol. 38 CD ] CD Universe. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  15. ^ Making The Mogul. Talking With Konvict Muzik’s Bu Thiam Making The Mogul. Accessed May 11, 2008.
  16. ^ Alicia-Zone. Akon, Alicia Keys to receive Int’l Friends of Reggae award Alicia-Zone. Accessed May 11, 2008.
  17. ^ The Jamaica Observer. TAMI CHYNN: 'Prima Donna' Taking Control The Jamaica Observer. Accessed May 11, 2008.
  18. ^ Yard Report (March 31, 2008). Tami Chynn - Dancehall's Princess of Pop ReggaeReport.com. Accessed April 15, 2008.
  19. ^ Tami-Chynn.org (September 4, 2008). Pepsi Commercial Tami-Chynn.org. Accessed September 8, 2008.
  20. ^ Pepsi. Pepsi Kung-Fu website Pepsi. Accessed September 8, 2008.
  21. ^ kickmag.net. Pop Artist Tami Chynn to Open for New Kids On The Block - Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills kickmag.net. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  22. ^ I'm So Paid Video

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